The firm takes on 35 trainees per year across its London, Leeds and Manchester offices. The chosen 35 are initially drawn from the 2,000 applications the firm receives annually, and then from the 20% of candidates who progress to the interview stage. The first-year trainee salary is £37,000 in London and £25,000 in Leeds and Manchester, and the firm pays law school fees and offers maintenance grants to future trainees.
In addition to its three UK bases, Addleshaw Goddard has offices in Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Muscat and Singapore, and the most recent intake have eagerly spoken of the ‘very good secondment opportunities’ on offer.
Recent work has included advising Diageo regarding a global brand ambassador contract with David Beckham in relation to Haig Club whisky, and advising Beijing Construction Engineering Group on the expansion of Manchester’s Airport City development.
This year the firm performed well in the Lex 100 trainee survey, notably achieving high scores in the quality of work, friendliness, vacation scheme and diversity categories.
If the firm were a fictional character it would be… The Weasley twins – commercially successful by doing things differently, and with a great sense of humour.